Training speed when you’re riding dressage? That might not be the first thing you would think about. Maybe you focus more on control and smoothness.
So why would you train speed?
A member of Morgan Lashley’s online training asked the same question during a live Q&A and Morgan gave the following answer.
When you look at the different disciplines in the equestrian sports, every discipline has his own factors that play an important role in their training. This varies between strength, coordination, smoothness and speed.
But speed withing dressage is of course a little bit of a strange topic.
Because why would you need speed?
You can find speed in dressage mainly within the middle and extended gaits. The horse has to get to a certain speed to be able to perform these gaits.
Of course the horse isn’t supposed to speed up during these exercises.
He is supposed to extend his gaits.